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Criminal Justice

Course Description:  This course serves as a broad, current, and multidisciplinary approach to the contemporary challenges homeland security officials face in their attempt securing America.  This course builds upon the knowledge gained in the Foundations of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness course.  The most critical threats confronting Homeland Security will be examined.  Students will gain an understanding of intelligence and counterterrorism; identify the science and technology utilized in the homeland security field; recognize homeland security risk communications; identify the common elements in chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives as well as weapons of mass destruction; and identify the challenges in transportation and border security.


Students will:

  • Identify and discuss the role that the intelligence community plays in contemporary national security.
  • Examine critical contemporary threats to national security and compare them to threats the country faced in the past
  • Identify the Federal strategy and innovative steps to enhance national protection and reduce America’s vulnerability to terrorist attacks
  • Explore emerging activities designed to defend against catastrophic threats and priority science and technology initiatives
  • Identify homeland security communications and the main elements in the risk and crisis communications
  • Examine proven messaging strategies for public awareness and alerting
  • Identify common elements in chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives, as well as weapons of mass destruction incidents, exposure routes, indicators of potential hazardous materials, bomb threat procedures, suspicious package indicators, responsive procedures, and common materials used to make booby traps
  • Identify contemporary border and transportation security challenges America faces, as well as the different methods employed by our government to address these challenges
  • Explore topics associated with border security and security for transportation infrastructures to include seaports, airports, train stations, highways, bridges, rail lines, pipelines and buses.

Course Description:  This course develops the topic of research in homeland security and emergency preparedness.  The course presents the concept of the sociology of disaster as the primary focus of the research agenda for the discipline.  The course examines the principles of scientific research; provides opportunities to evaluate existing research; and apply the methods and developed research resources of scientific study to homeland security and emergency management.  Students will develop a case study in the sociology of disaster, and complete a research proposal that will demonstrate their ability to analyze and synthesize existing research in homeland security and emergency management.


Students will:

  • Evaluate the effects of a disaster event on individuals, groups, communities, and nations
  • Utilize the concepts learned in the evaluation of the disaster to prepare for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate future events
  • Analyze a case study focusing on the sociology of disaster
  • Identify concepts from the analysis that will assist in preparing for all-hazard disaster events and developing community resilience
  • Possess a working knowledge of the scientific method for research
  • Recognize the value of scientific research in homeland security and emergency management
  • Produce a research proposal for a homeland security or emergency management concept or issue in either the sociology of disaster or the technology tools for the discipline

Course Description:  This course introduces students to multiple aspects of law enforcement and the criminal justice system. 

Students explore the criminal process, forces that affect the enforcement of laws and the rights of citizens.  Students study the history of the legal system, the development of the court system, the criminal justice process, the various external forces that impact the justice systems, the rights of citizens, and the role of ethics in the justice e system.  This course provides students an overview of the United States legal system and the process of criminal justice.


Students will:

  • Explain the underlying theory and historical development of laws and the criminal justice system in the United States
  • Identify the key elements and structures of the legal system under the United States and the Maryland Constitution
  • Appraise the role of Constitutional structures in shaping the operation of the criminal justice system through the application of new laws and reinterpretation of law through jurisprudence
  • Trace the process of the court system to include trials, hearings, mediation, indictment and witness examination
  • Compare the various classifications of offenses such as crimes against persons, property, and public order and morality
  • Analyze the various political, social, economic and cultural forces that affect the administration of justice
  • Assess the legal, structural and procedural changes to the criminal justice system in response to the 9/11 attacks and the continuing global war on terrorism
  • Differentiate between the juvenile justice system and the adult justice system
  • Appraise the role of ethical decision making and codes of ethics
  • Analyze the code of ethics involved in the administration of justice
  • Assess the impact of current and emerging issues on criminal justice practice

Course Description:  This course focuses on law enforcement procedures, organized crime, street gangs, drug abuse, federal law enforcement agencies, the first responder role of law enforcement, corrections, the process of evidence collection and handling, and careers in the justice system.  The students will recognize the everyday challenges and operations of law enforcement agencies with special attention to career potential and development.


Students will:

  • Delineate the processes used in law enforcement activities such as traffic stops, arrests, search and seizure, and surveillance
  • Analyze the role local, state and federal law enforcement agencies play in the administration of justice
  • Assess the importance of training and standards in policing and corrections
  • Recognize the role of corrections in the criminal justice system
The Criminal Justice Program is designed to present an in-depth study of the purposes, principles,practices, and ethics of the Criminal Justice profession. This course is articulated with Wor-Wic Community College. Evidence of satisfactory program
completion with at least a “B” average can be presented to the college or academic credit. This two year course deals with the study of all forms of law enforcement;
military, corrections, private security, and courts.